Governor, Punjab and Administrator, Chandigarh led the cleanliness drive at Apni Mandi, Sector 49
*Chandigarh, October 1:-* In response to the call of Hon’ble Prime Minister of India, Sh. Narendra Modi, the citizens of Chandigarh, the City Beautiful, united in an extraordinary display of civic pride and community spirit.
With an astonishing turnout of approximately 30,000 individuals across 230 different locations, the people of Chandigarh joined forces to give their heartfelt *Swachhanjali* to the Father of the Nation, Mahatma Gandhi.
The monumental cleanliness drives reverberated with passion and enthusiasm, encompassing all 35 wards of the city and engaging a multitude of organizations, departments, schools, NGOs, and citizens from all walks of life. This inclusive effort saw the active participation of small children, women, senior citizens, college students, celebrities, eminent personalities, and others.
Cleaning initiatives stretched far and wide, targeting various areas within each ward such as parks maintained by Resident Welfare Associations (RWAs), market areas and their back lanes meticulously cleaned by Market Welfare Associations (MWAs), public toilets, schools, forest areas, mandis, transport hubs, and residential areas.
The Governor of Punjab and Administrator U.T. Chandigarh Banwarilal Purohit, accompanied by city Mayor Anup Gupta, Municipal Commissioner Anindita Mitra, IAS area councilor Rajinder Sharma and volunteer students of NSS, joined forces to clean up Apni Mandi, Sector 49, as part of the Swachhta hi Seva campaign. The enthusiasm and efforts displayed by the the Governor and the students, even in the scorching heat, were truly commendable as they cleared up fruit and vegetable waste scattered across the apni mandi ground.
Led by city Mayor the youth of the city demonstrated unrivaled dedication and commitment to a cleaner, greener Chandigarh. The inaugural cleanliness drive set the tone for the entire campaign, with Mayor Anup Gupta taking charge and leading the Swachhata ke liye Shramdaan alongside enthusiastic students from Government Model Senior Secondary School, Sector 21. Together, they meticulously cleaned up littered garbage in Sector 21, serving as a shining example for all.
The Sabzi Mandi of Sector 26 witnessed a remarkable display of civic duty, with over 500 volunteers coming together under the guidance of the Mayor of Chandigarh, making a significant impact on cleanliness.
In a resounding show of national pride and dedication to cleanliness, more than 2000 students from Chandigarh University created a magnificent National Flag formation. Their unwavering determination led them to clean up the densely populated residential area of Manimajra, leaving no stone unturned in their mission to make India Garbage Free!
The dedicated team at Chandigarh Transport Undertaking, in collaboration with Members of Auto Union and Bhartiya Mazdoor Sangh, embarked on four locations across major transport hubs in the city. Depot I & II Industrial Area Phase I, ISBT-17, Depot-III sector 25, and ISBT 43 were thoroughly cleaned during the Swachhata ke liye Shramdaan initiative.
Renowned Bollywood singer B Praak, the voice behind the melodious Swachhta Anthem – Rakhna Sambhaal Chandigarh, led the Swachhata ke liye Shramdaan cleanliness drive at the Park in Sector 10, further galvanizing the community.
Key officials from the Chandigarh Administration, including Sh. Nitin Yadav, IAS, Secretary Local Government, who led the “Swachhanjali” with representatives of Market Welfare Associations at Sector 11 market, and Finance Secretary, Sh. Vijay Zade, IAS, who spearheaded the drive in the neighborhood park of Sector 27, actively participated in the cleanliness movement.
Not stopping at just one community, Chandigarh also organized an inclusive cleanliness drive to maintain the inside and outside premises of cemeteries belonging to minority communities such as Bahai and Muslims, alongside the Hindu cemetery in Sector 25, where city Mayor led the cleanliness drive.
Furthermore, Gaushalas in Sector 25 & 45 were subjects of extensive cleaning drives, thanks to the collaborative efforts of Chandigarh’s Charted Accountants Association and Chandigarh Residents’ Associations Welfare Federation.
MC Chandigarh also took an important step towards ensuring cleanliness and safety by collecting gloves and masks during the Swachhanjali – cleanliness drive citywide. These vital items are being handled responsibly, with proper disposal methods in place to safeguard both the environment and public health.
In addition to the cleanliness drives, Chandigarh’s commitment to proper waste management was evident during the Swachhata Pakhwada – Swachhata Hi Seva campaign. Garbage transportation vehicles were deployed at each of the 230 cleaning drive locations, ensuring that the collected garbage was efficiently transported to the processing facilities. Different types of waste, including MSW, C&D, and horticulture waste, were directed to appropriate facilities such as MRF, C&D plant, and composting sites, emphasizing the city’s dedication to a sustainable future.
City Mayor Anup Gupta extended gratitude to all the individuals, organizations, departments, schools, NGOs, and citizens who actively participated in these initiatives. Their passion, enthusiasm, and unwavering dedication have contributed towards making Chandigarh cleaner, greener, and safer for everyone.
Municipal Commissioner Anindita Mitra also commended the efforts of the citizens and organizations involved, stating, “Under the Swachhata Pakhwada – Swachhata Hi Seva campaign, Chandigarh witnessed a remarkable display of civic pride and responsibility. She said that the MCC is grateful to everyone who contributed to making this initiative a grand success. Let us continue to strive for a cleaner, greener, and more sustainable Chandigarh, she added.